Poetry Spotlight: Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann

Last year, I read the collection Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann and one of the poems, “A Brief History of Feminism”, is relevant to the “me too” movement and the times of change we are living in.

It’s a good collection that is well worth checking out, and is inexpensive on the kindle.

Here’s the poem:

Simon says touch your toes.

Simon says turn around.

Simon says touch your toes again.

Now wiggle a little.

Simon says he is not a pervert.

Simon says hop on one foot.

Simon didn’t say stop hopping!

Hop closer.

Simon says hop closer.

Simon says is that a push-up bra?

Geez, honey, calm down.

Simon says calm down.

On second thought,

Simon says you’re pretty cute

when you’re all worked up like that.

Wanna hop your sweet self into my office

and see my sofa bed?

Simon says, we were just playing, Officer.

Simon, anything you say

can be used against you in a court of

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